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The Potato Index: UFC 99

(The optimist sees this as a wave ‘hello.’  The pessimist sees it as a wave ‘goodbye.’)

Well, the UFC made it through their first German event without anyone dying or even getting seriously injured.  That ought to shut up the German newspapers, although Cro Cop’s Three Stooges eye-poke against Mostapha Al-Turk didn’t exactly help.  Now it’s time we sort through the winners and losers from this weekend and see who’s up and who’s down.

Rich Franklin +97

It wasn’t a dominant victory, but a win is still a win.  He picked Silva apart pretty well until a couple hooks wobbled him and sent him into retreat mode.  Even so, he fought smart and did just enough down the stretch.  Now let’s see him against one of the young up-and-comers in the 205-pound class and find out if he’s got any real bang left in him.

Wanderlei Silva +10
He showed that he can still take a shot as well as he can give one, and that’s enough to overshadow the latest loss tacked on to his record.  That said, he needs to go win a fight as a middleweight if he wants to stick around.

Cain Velasquez +86

So he has a chin to go along with that ground game.  He also has an ADD-style ground-and-pound game that never stops, though it also never stays with one approach long enough to finish.  Before we decide that he lacks power, though, let’s remind ourselves that Kongo couldn’t even stand up after the third round.  Now who’s got next?

Cheick Kongo -34
The dude still can’t wrestle all that well, but we knew that.  He showed a lot of heart taking that beating and still coming up firing when the opportunities presented themselves.  Still, without a great takedown defense or a stellar guard game his options are very limited in the UFC’s heavyweight class.

Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic +12
He beat a hapless Al-Turk with a combination of left hands and fingers to the eye.  But rumors that he’s looking to bounce from the UFC after getting one easy opponent aren’t helping his image.  Did he really manage to go from the fighter with a renewed focus and hunger to a con man in checkered shorts all in one weekend?

Dana White -21
Blasts Cro Cop for screwing him on the contract they hadn’t yet signed, though Cro Cop says it’s all rumors.  Before you get too indignant, Mr. President, think about all the fighters who got three-fight “contracts” in the UFC only to get cut after losing the first bout.  Honor is a two-way street.

Mostapha Al-Turk -42
Not that we expected much, but damn, son.  Looping punches and awkward kick attempts like that make us wonder how you ever managed to last two fights in the UFC.  Wouldn’t count on a third, if I were you.

Dan Hardy +63
Proved he could not only hang with Davis on the feet, but did far more damage down the stretch.  His plan to talk his way into this fight couldn’t have worked better.  The opponents only get tougher from here on out.  Better go work on your ground game.

Marcus Davis -45
Did he really think he won that fight, or was he just frustrated at not shutting Hardy up, as planned?  Either way, Mr. Stand and Bang took a big step back.  

Mike Swick +54
He beat a guy he was supposed to beat, but did it in impressive fashion.  He says he wants a title shot or Matt Hughes next.  I’m not convinced that he’s really ready for either, given his mediocre list of recent opponents, but at some point you’ve got to throw him in there and find out.

Ben Saunders -32
Think of this one as a learning experience.  He’s still young and unpolished, but has the physical tools to do something some day.  Just not quite yet.

Spencer Fisher +11
Not much excitement to be had, but he gets the win based on takedown defense and a handful of good strikes.  Winning a boring fight is still better than losing it.  Does feeling that way make me a “drunken meathead”?  I was no more than slightly buzzed, I swear.

Caol Uno -17
Might have set a UFC record for takedown attempts over three rounds, but when most of them are unsuccessful that’s not much of an accomplishment.  This guy desperately needs a better striking attack to give people something to worry about aside from his shot.

German fans +40
Seemed as knowledgeable as any other crowd, and booed only slightly less than an American audience would have.  The fact that it wasn’t a vicious bloodsport seemed not to bother them at all.  Call it a successful first shot at European expansion.

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tysonmcneely- June 15, 2009 at 4:05 pm
Cain should get a minus for his performance. He doesn't even have basic jiu jitsu skills. Someone at Arizona Combat should teach him the hooks. If he knew how to put those on, he could've choked Kongo in the 1st round and saved us 13 more minutes of take down, side control, mount, take his back without hooks, repeat.

We all know Kongo can't wrestle, but maybe he shouldn't back himself up against the cage. You think he would know how to circle by now. Also Kongo ground game is an affront to jiu jitsu.
SlapjawAckrite- June 15, 2009 at 3:18 pm
+1000 for me, due to the weight of the two whales i bedded last night. ok so is -5000 but screw yall the quality of the quantity is nice too
MMAMoneyLine- June 15, 2009 at 2:10 pm
Todd Duffee -45 for missing out on a paycheck in favor of a guy who is (supposedly) taking his ball and going to Japan.
BackbaconBilly- June 15, 2009 at 2:07 pm
Ace didn't deserve a unanimous decision, shit he started going downhill half way thru the second and just barely hung on, I'm no wandy fan but if he had of squeeked it out I really don't think Rich coulda complained.

Cain fought well just needs to work on his subs, Kongo is a beast who can take alot of punishment but he is a one dimensional fighter who needs to seriously beef up his ground defense game, neither is a true threat to the H.W crown just yet.

Davis was a big dissapointment, and Hardy was a big surprise.

Mirko cut off his nose to spite his face.

The rest of the card wasn't anything special, hope 100 is alot better.
hows taste my pee pee- June 15, 2009 at 2:07 pm
@Mike Mosher: just b/c you are a tool in real life doesn't mean you have to be one on the website, aye.
MIKE MOSHER- June 15, 2009 at 1:47 pm
The numbers are arbitrary huh? What is the exchange rate for potato points vs leperchaun bucks? Maybe if you get over 1,000 potato points you'll earn a magic trip the mexican unicorn show...
JPfighter- June 15, 2009 at 1:33 pm
Thats news to me (the chest bump being part of Savate). Even if that is the case, why the heck would he do this 20-30 times before a fight starts? Kind of weird if you ask me. Almost like a crazy Uncle that tells the same joke all the time because he's a little whacked in the brain. At any rate, I don't care to see Kongo or his goofy chest thumping in the Octagon any time soon. He's already shown that he has no interest in developing a ground game, so maybe he should go join K1.
Dubbayoo- June 15, 2009 at 1:09 pm
I'm dont question Cain's chin as much as I question his ability to avoid getting it out of the way of an oncoming Kongo fist. Kongo can unlock either gate from the center of the octogon, and he's a striker (and not much of anything else)... to avoid that reach and power, Cain had no choice but to eat it while going in for a takedown... Now, if he could cover up while going for a double leg...! Each round went the same way. Started on the feet, Kongo had his chance to knock him out on the way in for the takedown, but Cain was able to recover while finishing the job. Once down, he was able to pound away and at Kongo while at the same time make me very uncomfortable by pulling his trunks off.

I was impressed by Kongo's ability to take a beating, as well as Cain's pressure. Ironically, this fight secured the title shot for SHANE CARWIN. IMO. Cain will have a MUCH harder time holding him down for three rounds. And Carwin can do w/ one punch what Cain couldn't do w/ 10000....
stylin- June 15, 2009 at 12:41 pm
It's too bad Swink won't fight Fitch or Koschek since they're teammates. Either one would be a logical fight for him next.
Sheps- June 15, 2009 at 11:36 am
Gotta agree with the Dana one, so true.

But then again what the hell are you guys talking about Cain having a chin!? Out of the 6 punches Cheick got to throw in the entire fight, 2 of them almost put Cain to sleep.

Not to mention Cheick had like a 3 week notice, watch what happens when someone with fairly limited punching power but outstanding takedown defence fights Cain, 9/10 he's getting KTFO.
KidDinomite- June 15, 2009 at 11:22 am
You know, I just wasn't really impressed with Velasquez. His video package was better than his actual fight. They were building him up as the next great heavyweight and he gets rocked and basically sits on the guy for three rounds so he doesn't get his ass handed to him in standup. I'm sorry but UFC should not have points for takedowns, especially when fools just sit there and hold the guy and drop hammer fists for three consecutive rounds. They should actually give yellow cards like in Dream if that's all they're gonna do for the whole fight. Not exciting in any way. I'm glad I didn't pay for this one.
Elentius- June 15, 2009 at 11:20 am
I do not agree with the rating for Marcus Davis. You are way off as he lost a split decision. I also feel that he should have gotten the decision. Recognize biotch!
LargeMidget- June 15, 2009 at 11:10 am
Wandy lost because we didn't say WAR WANDY enough during the pre-fight hype. We'll just have to try harder next time.

I for one am excited that Wandy will fight another day. WAR WANDY!
Wyatt- June 15, 2009 at 11:07 am
The chest bump and wave is actually a sign of respect in Savate which is part of what Kongo practices. It's no different than a bow in other martial arts.
Spacebump- June 15, 2009 at 10:53 am
The numbers are arbitrary.
JPfighter- June 15, 2009 at 10:35 am
I think Franklin should lose a few points in his numbers above for constantly looking at himself on the big screen at UFC events. Anybody else notice that? The guy is worse than an 18 year old chick. I wonder if his house is plastered with mirrors?
PurplePickle- June 15, 2009 at 10:34 am
Kongo and Velasquez put on one of the greatest blueprint fights that I have ever seen. By that I mean they did a complete demonstration of their strengths and deficiencies in three rounds.

Take Kongo to the ground and he is yours until the round ends. Stay outside of Cain and don't let him grapple, and you can feed him powershots until his knees buckle. Kongo can't get off of his back, and Velasquez' ground and pound aint as deadly as looked against lesser fighters.

I'm not saying either fighter is easy or a punk, they are both dangerous HWs. But there was plenty of material for a good trainer to break down. The only thing to complete the fight would have been to print their ATM PINs on the back of their shorts.
JPfighter- June 15, 2009 at 10:17 am
Please UFC, no more Kongo. I'm not sure what annoys me more...he incessant chest bump crap, his ancient Tank Abbott style ground game, or his complete lack of fight intelligence. If he hasn't shown the interest, aptitude or ability to gain at least some form of ground game by now, let him go fight somewhere else. Watching him turtle for one third of the fight is an embarassment.
Kimbos Bread- June 15, 2009 at 10:14 am
Stock values?
biohazardone- June 15, 2009 at 9:57 am
You are definitely right about Dana White. Honoring somebody contract or "word" is a two way street. I have to say I was disappointed at first with Mirko's behavior but I then realized that if he would have lost, DW would have dropped him like a bad habit. Props to Mirko for defying DW in a passive aggressive manner. He might not ever be able to fight in the UFC but hell, i think he made DW look more ridiculous than Pito Ortiz could have ever done. Props to CroCop!
PHELPS- June 15, 2009 at 9:37 am
Everything and nothing....
DbHK- June 15, 2009 at 9:37 am
Word, wondering that myself.
NOTSOB- June 15, 2009 at 9:37 am
no idea buddy.
but DW is a douche.
MIKE MOSHER- June 15, 2009 at 9:32 am
So what the hell do the numbers mean?